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And the Rest is Just Algebra

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Overview

  • Openly challenges traditional beliefs about the long-term effects of student anxiety concerning Algebra;
  • Reflects upon the responsibility of educators and curriculum developers for, and the consequences of, college students' poor Algebra knowledge;
  • Provides recommendations for overcoming barriers to algebra success.
  • Includes supplementary material: sn.pub/extras

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This book addresses college students' weak foundation in algebra, its causes, and potential solutions to improve their long-term success and understanding in mathematics as a whole. The authors, who are experts in a wide variety of fields, emphasize that these difficulties are more complex than just forgotten rules, and offer strategic approaches from a number of angles that will increase the chances of student understanding. Instructors who are frustrated with their students’ lack of skills and knowledge at college level will find this volume helpful, as the authors confront the deeper reasons why students have difficulties with Algebra and reveal how to remedy the issue.

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Table of contents (12 chapters)

  1. Current State of Students’ Inadequacies, Conceptions and Fluency of Algebra in the US Colleges

  2. College Algebra in a Broader Context

  3. Proposed Future Developments

  4. Teaching Higher Algebra

Reviews

“And the Rest is Just Algebra is a book that addresses the increasing weakness in algebra skills among college students. It not only considers the causes of the algebra deficiency but also offers potential solutions for how to improve students’ long-term success and understanding of mathematics. … Instructors who are frustrated with students’ misunderstanding of algebra will find this book most helpful. … I highly recommend this book … .” (Peter T. Olszewski, MAA Reviews, maa.org, April, 2017)

Editors and Affiliations

  • Department of Mathematics, University of Oklahoma, Norman, USA

    Sepideh Stewart

About the editor

Sepideh Stewart is an Assistant Professor of Mathematics Education at the Department of Mathematics at the University of Oklahoma. She earned her Ph.D. in Mathematics Education at the University of Auckland.  Her research interests are on the embodied symbolic and formal worlds of mathematical thinking with a particular interest on the pedagogy of linear algebra. Over the past two years she has also been working on several projects investigating the mind of working mathematicians particularly in abstract algebra (formal) and algebraic topology (embodied). She is the author of the book Linear Algebra in Three Worlds of Mathematical Thinking, and has contributed to multiple journals and conference publications.

Bibliographic Information

  • Book Title: And the Rest is Just Algebra

  • Editors: Sepideh Stewart

  • DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-45053-7

  • Publisher: Springer Cham

  • eBook Packages: Education, Education (R0)

  • Copyright Information: Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2017

  • Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-319-45052-0Published: 15 November 2016

  • Softcover ISBN: 978-3-319-83198-5Published: 22 April 2018

  • eBook ISBN: 978-3-319-45053-7Published: 20 October 2016

  • Edition Number: 1

  • Number of Pages: XX, 238

  • Number of Illustrations: 70 b/w illustrations, 22 illustrations in colour

  • Topics: Mathematics Education, Learning & Instruction

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